Friends of the ANU Classics Museum

Established in 1985, the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum aim to promote the interests of the Museum and encourage interest in antiquity in the wider community. The Friends organise lectures on the culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and its manifestations in our own world, and also raise funds to purchase items for the collection.

The Friends of the Classics Museum have produced a new run of six attractive cards, all featuring items from the collection. Do check these out. They may be purchased ($2 each or 6 for $10) at any of the Friends of the Classics Museum events.

Our specially designed t-shirts are now available at $27.99 ($24.50 for children’s) – all proceeds go to the Friends of the Classics Museum. Full details are available here – please order by mail rather than send your credit card details via email.

How to become a Friend

Simply complete the form (see link below) and forward it to the Treasurer at the address on the form, or just send your email address to

The form can also be used to make a donation to the FCM. These are always welcome, as they represent the largest part of our income. As almost all the money donated is used to acquire new items for the Museum, Friends are invited to contribute and to decide the amount they wish to give. Friends are also encouraged to sign up to receive email advice of forthcoming events. You can donate using the form below or the donate button on this page.

Download form (PDF, 53KB)

Please send the donation forms to:

The Treasurer
Friends of the ANU Classics Museum
Centre for Classical Studies
School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
A D Hope Building 14
ANU Canberra 0200


In Memory of Jill Greenwell

Jill Greenwell, a staunch supporter and great friend of the ANU Classics Museum for over twenty years, passed away on 30th December 2014 after a long illness. Friends will recall that Jill’s great dedication and contributions to the Museum were honoured at our Happy Hour in November. We will remember Jill for her excellent work on the Committee of the Friends of the Classics Museum, and also for her efforts during the last five years in setting up and participating in the volunteer Guides program, which has brought hundreds of visitors into the museum. Last year, Jill threw herself into organising the Museum Guides’ first U3A course, which was a great success and helped promote the ANU’s Centre for Classical Studies’ outreach program. All who knew Jill admired her enthusiasm, her dedication, and ultimately her immense courage.

>> More information about Jill's work with FCM, or about making a donation in her memory (376K PDF)

The Jill Downer Memorial Acquisition Fund

Jill Downer was a history teacher at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School for many years. On her retirement she became a member of the committee of the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum, where she was a driving force.

Following Jill Downer’s untimely death in 2011, the Friends set up a memorial fund for the purchase of an item for the museum collection that would be a perpetual reminder of Jill’s tireless commitment, organisational energy and passion for promoting all things classical, not only in the Museum but also in the wider community.

The ‘hero relief’ was acquired in August 2013 with donations to this fund. The relief was welcomed into the collection in September, with one of Jill’s daughters in attendance.

Committee of the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum

President: Ros Jackson
Secretary: Paul Paget
Treasurer: Neville Potter
Committee members: Helan Beard, Marcel Dimo, Philip Finley, Felicity Fullagar, Robyn Holt, Elizabeth Minchin (Curator), Sonia Pertsinidis, Hugh Preston, Andrew Wilson


Updated:  26 March 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications